Within the last 3 years artists have begun to see more options available for selling their music digitally. In the early days a band simply needed to send their shiny disc to CD Baby and viola, within a few weeks they were on iTunes. Thankfully TuneCore showed up and offered a much needed alternative.
In the last few years TuneCore has risen to become a power house, and musicians were excited to see newcomers WaTunes, ReverbNation, and Ditto Music had joined the fight. Unfortunately WaTunes is no longer in the world of digital distribution. WaTunes said that the move is to “position WaTunes to focus solely on its social platform and the WaTunes Marketplace, a music store service that enables users to buy millions of songs.
ReverbNation on the other hand is expanded their digital distribution world. Currently they are offering two flat fee distribution alternatives. The first option at $35 USD will give you the basics like all the iTunes, Rhapsody, Naptster, etc. The second option at $60 USD will offer you that plus new fan favorites like Amiee Street and Puretracks. In both cases ReverbNation only takes and annual fee rather than a percentage of the disc sales.
I expect the digital music landscape to keep changing with the rise of subscription models (note: hasn’t really happened yet) in the next few years. But currently if you want your music at online retailers like iTunes, it’s never been easier or cheaper.
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